THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK FROM DAVID LENNOX
‘All one in Christ Jesus’ Galatians 3:28 Read Nehemiah Chapter 1
Several of our church members will be aware this week of the above verse from Galatians. It is usually bannered at the Keswick Convention. Some of us will be attending week 2 and others waiting until week 3 of the Convention. In my early days of teaching I tried to unwind after a long hard year by going for a brief holiday not too far away immediately after we broke up. It was usually Keswick. One year I discovered the Convention was taking place and so out of curiosity I ventured into the large tent to listen to Alec Motyer teach on Nehemiah. I will never forget the experience, some may say it was life changing as for more than 40 years now attendance at the Convention has been a yearly experience. Many have found great benefit in attending Christian gatherings such as Keswick, Spring Harvest etc.
Nehemiah’s experience seems in some ways similar to what we will be experiencing in the coming weeks as we return to worship in our church building. Nehemiah was called to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He instilled in his workforce a concern for the well-being of the community. We are called to rebuild – to rebuild our building based fellowship after a long broken time and be a visible presence in the community. Some will find it a somewhat strange experience but we need to do it.
Why did Nehemiah need to rebuild the walls? In many ways it related to what Jesus taught in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) where it rebukes those who today say ‘ask me if I care!’ The Rev. Anthony Anderson in George Bernard Shaw’s play The Devil’s Disciple says “The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity”.
Nehemiah was the kind of person who cared. He cared about the glory of God, he cared about the traditions of the past and the needs of the present, he cared about the hopes for the future, he cared about his heritage and his ancestral city. There was a higher vision, a nobler goal. “Remember God,” Nehemiah said. He knew that the rebuilding project ultimately served God. He knew that rebuilding the city would fulfil the divine objective. So he and his workers were enrolled together in providing the sweat and muscle that would result in God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven
As you read Nehemiah consider his approach and what he did and compare it to our needs today.
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SUNDAY SERVICES RETURN OUR CHURCH BUILDING
THIS SUNDAY 25 JULY 2021 at 10.00am!!
As throughout the pandemic, emphasis in returning to the building at this time is on managing risk. We have also taken into account the feedback that we received from the recent questionnaire. In line with official advice, the move is toward taking responsibility to manage our own individual risk. However, there are some risk avoiding measures we will continue to take in church for the time being.
We are very conscious that not everyone will want to return to the building or feel able to. We will therefore continue to provide a simplified online service each week at least over the summer period. Our church services will also be shorter over the summer (approximately 45 minutes).
Please add the following proposed dates to your diary (which are subject to the lifting of covid restrictions).
25 July - Proposed return to Sunday Services at WBBC church building
22 August - Proposed date for Farewell Service for Paul and Gill followed by light refreshments
5 September - Climate Sunday
11 September - Proposed Induction of Joel Mercer
12 September - Proposed date for first Sunday for Joel to lead and preach
WBBC YOUTH AND CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME The Youth and Children’s Coordinators are working hoping to start a Sunday’s activity programme from 25 July including over the summer. There may be some ‘imposed’ restrictions such as face masks for over 11s, sharing of equipment, sanitising etc and we are working through these implications. In order for us to be able to plan, it would be helpful if you could complete a short form using the following link: https://forms.gle/W1CEf1AedkesPUwN8 to help us to understand how many children and young people we may be catering for over the summer. If you have any questions, concerns or queries please contact us. We can all be contacted via the email address firstname.lastname@example.org or, if you would rather speak to one of us please do. Sarah Pringle (Creche) Katherine Raine/Jo Harries (Children's) Rachel Thurlow (Youth).
CHAIR BASED EXERCISE SESSION led by WBBC Parish Nurses returns Thursdays at 11.00am in the Sanctuary. Places are limited due to social distancing so please contact Ann Sudworth first on 07305 469 915. (Photos taken pre-covid restrictions).
Take 5 and chat - parenting additional needs Café Drop-in meet every other Wednesday afternoon in the Small Hall. Booking is essential as places are limited due to social distancing. Contact: email@example.com
PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL
CHRISTIAN BOOKSHOP SHALOM
226-228 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay.
Without your support
the shop is under threat of closure.
Bay Foodbank THE BAY FOOD BANK is still operating throughout the current lockdown and your kind food donations are needed now more than ever. Drop off points include Morrisons at Hillheads. Their current wish list can be viewed at https://www.thebayfoodbank.org.uk/wish-list Thank you.
PASTORAL CONCERNS Should you have any pastoral concerns that would normally be directed to the Pastor please contact Lynne Gradwell: firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Joel Mercer and his family as they prepare for their move to Whitley Bay for Joel to become our Team Leader.
Tom struggling with mental health problems and those who support him.
Those affected by the rising cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 whether it be in this region, country or in India itself.
Our local school children & their families as they start the summer break.
Kate Bowie who has Myelodysplastic anaemia and painful arthritis.
CLT as they finalise plans to move our services back into the church building this Sunday. Pray that all involved in the service and all those attending will feel blessed and adapt to the new changes aimed to keep them safe.
Lucy, David & little Sophie Morrison as they head back to their mission in Chad.
Ferdee Baricaua and Steven Coulson - our Caretaker/Cleaners. Pray that Steven will settle well into this new role (which began Monday 19 July) and for Ferdee as he adjusts to having an new work colleague.
Praise God that Elaine’s partner Ozzie is recovering so well from his bike accident that he’s been back out on his bike! They thank you for your prayers.
Those within our Church Family who have serious medical needs or are going through a difficult time but do not wish them to be shared. The Lord Jesus knows who they are and their need of healing, please seek him asking that they be made whole.
EMPTY INK CARTRIDGES FOR RE-CYCLING Some of us donate our empty ink cartridges to raise money for Whitley Bay Street Pastors. Re-Cycle4Charity are changing their system this month and unfortunately it’s not as straightforward as before. The cartridges are still free to send, but require a box and label system of contents with a minimum of 15 used ink cartridges each time. Consequently I think it best if from now on you keep your ink cartridges and give them to me when we’re able to get back to church, then I’ll send them off on your behalf. Many thanks for your help in this. Jenny Armstrong
SUNDAY VIDEOCASTS from 800am. You can find the videocast link via www.wbbc.org.uk where you’ll also find the link to the audio podcast version. Or go to Google or YouTube & search for Whitley Bay Baptist Church.
ALSO REMEMBER our Virtual Coffee Time at 11.00am on Sundays.
You will need to bring your own tea, coffee, whatever . . . You are invited to this scheduled Zoom Meeting:
Details of log on are in the Church Bulletin. If you do not get the Bulletin and would like to then please contact the Church Office Church Office
OUR BUILDING MAY BE CLOSED BUT OUR CHURCH IS ALIVE! If you’re an activity/ministry leader we’d love to hear how you’re keeping in touch with your groups or how your work is continuing during the pandemic. To contribute an update please email Carol at email@example.com